On Monday, an Iowa judge blocked a pro-life law to give expectant mothers time to reflect and consider information about the babies in their wombs before having an abortion.
Life News reports:
An Iowa judge permanently blocked a state pro-life law Monday that requires abortion facilities to give women time to reflect and consider information about their unborn babies before going through with an abortion.
The Des Moines Register reports District Court Judge Mitchell Turner ruled that the 24-hour waiting period law violates two parts of the Iowa Constitution and cannot be enforced. Turner previously issued a temporary block on the law in 2020.
The law, challenged by Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union, ensures abortion facilities give women the opportunity to see their unborn babies on an ultrasound and hear their baby’s heartbeat at least 24 hours prior to the abortion. In addition, Iowa requires abortion facilities to provide women with information about abortion risks and resources available for parenting and adoption, and to confirm in writing that the women received it.
However, Turner said state lawmakers violated the “single-subject rule” in the state constitution when they passed the law as an amendment to a bill about providing life-sustaining medical care to minors, according to the report.
After Turner’s ruling, the ACLU and Planned Parenthood held a press conference to celebrate their win. They claimed the law was “medically unnecessary and harmful,” saying that informed consent requirements make it more difficult for women to access abortions in Iowa.